Child Welfare

Walsden Cricket Club (The Club) is committed to ensuring all Children (i.e all persons under the age of 18) participating in cricket have a safe and positive experience.


We recognise all children participating in cricket (regardless of age, gender, race, religion, sexual orientation, ability or disability) have the right to have fun and be protected from harm in a safe environment.


Safeguarding in cricket is about providing a welcoming and safe environment for children. It is about making sure they have fun and are safe and have a great time. 


We Adopt and implement the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) “Safe Hands – Cricket’s Policy for Safeguarding Children”

We ensure all individuals working within cricket at, or for, the club, are recruited and appointed in accordance with ECB guidelines, and relevant legalisation/DBS certification and attendance at relevant training modules required by the ECB.


Through safe recruitment and vetting procedures, we can endeavour to make sure that we have the appropriate people training, volunteering, caring and supervising children at the club.


We provide an environment where the views of children, parents, and volunteers are welcomed. This helps us create an environment where people have the opportunity to voice any concerns or make suggestions for improvements. 


The club have an appointed Welfare Officer whose details are:-

Name – Joanna Hooson

Email address –

Phone Number – Please email for contact number


Club Welfare Officers Role

Initiate Disclosing and Barring Service (DBS) checks on all volunteers with roles within our club. 

Verify all documents used in the Disclosing and barring Service. 

Ensure all roles are entered on the SHMS system. (Safe Hands Management System)

The first point of contact for parents, children and volunteers/staff within the club.


Any concerns may include reports to the County Welfare Officer, Social Services or the Police.